KCKPS to Host Groundbreaking Events for School Improvements

March 1, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Melissa Fears, Director of Communications and Marketing, (913) 279-2225

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools will host three groundbreaking events on Thursday, March 8, to celebrate the kick-off to the construction of a new middle school, as well as, security upgrades and classroom additions at two of the school district’s elementary locations. 

These projects are made possible because of the voter-approved $235 million zero-tax increase bond initiative. The community’s voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of the bond initiative in 2016 - paving the way for more than 80 much-needed projects for the school district. “Thank you again Kansas City, Kansas voters for this tremendous vote of confidence in our school district and investing in the future of our students,’’ said KCKPS Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane. “These improvement throughout our district will benefit our students and contribute to them being one step closer to graduating Diploma+,” she said.

The groundbreaking events will feature remarks and the ceremonial turning of the dirt by the KCKPS officials, and representatives of the school district’s Community Vision Team and elected officials.

Here are the groundbreaking events:

  • Gloria Willis Middle School event will be held at Coronado Middle School, 1735 N. 64th Terrace, at 10 a.m.

    The future new middle school is named in honor of Gloria Willis, a long-time school district educator, administrator and Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education member who passed away in 2016. The new middle school, to be housed on the land of the existing campus of the current Coronado Middle School, will be built to accommodate the population of students from both Coronado and West middle schools. The structure will be approximately 127,000 square feet and will house about 750 students. Among the standout features of the new two-story facility are 30 classrooms, including a science room and prep area; flex and open collaboration space in each wing and a media center, just to name a few. Construction is set to begin in the spring of 2018 with completion scheduled for the 2019-2020 school year.  The project architect is Hollis + Miller Architects.
  • Stony Point North Elementary School, 8200 Elizabeth Ave., at 10:45 a.m.

    The school will receive new classrooms and security upgrades to the building, including the upgraded entrance adjacent to the office.  Construction started in January and is scheduled for completion in July, 2018. The project architect is HTK Architects.
  • Claude Huyck Elementary School, 1530 N. 83rd St., at 11:30 a.m.

    The school will receive new classrooms and security upgrades to the building, including an upgraded entrance adjacent to the office. Construction started in January and is scheduled for completion in July, 2018. The project architect is HTK Architects.

The district’s construction partner for the projects is JE Dunn Construction.

For more information about the 2016 zero-tax increase bond projects, please click here or call Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools at 816.551.3200.